Indian Missile Program Updates

[pib] DAC Approves Procurement of Equipment Worth Rs 9,100 Crores


Mains Paper 3: Science & Technology | Indigenization of technology & developing new technology

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Akash Missile Systems, IUWBA, T-90 Tanks

Mains level: India’s strides in defense technology sector and need for further development.


  • The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), chaired by Raksha Mantri accorded approval for the procurement of equipment for the Defence Forces valued at over Rs 9,100 crores.

Upgraded Akash Missile Systems

  1. Pursuing the goal of indigenization and self-reliance, the DAC approved procurement of two Regiments of Akash Missile Systems under ‘Buy (Indian)’
  2. The Missile to be procured is an upgraded version of the previously inducted Akash missiles.
  3. The DRDO developed Akash as part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme initiated in 1984.
  4. It is made by Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).
  5. Akash has a range of 25 km and can engage multiple targets at a time in all-weather conditions.
  6. It has a large operational envelope, from 30 metre to a maximum of 20 km.

Individual Under Water Breathing Apparatus (IUWBA)

  1. The DAC also accorded approval for progressing Design and Development of Individual Under Water Breathing Apparatus (IUWBA) for T 90 Tanks.
  2. Developed by DRDO Lab DEBEL, the IUWBA is used by the crew of Tanks as a safety gear and is required by the Tank crew for emergency escape when negotiating water obstacles while deep fording.
  3. The DAC also accorded approval for Design and Development of Test Equipment for Guided Weapons System of T 90 Tank.
  4. The equipment is being developed by DRDO and will give an indigenous solution to the Test Equipment used for checking the Guided Weapon System of Tank T 90.
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